I started sewing on my mum's New Home machine and so did my son. It is well worth the time to show them how to use the machine safely and, under supervision, watch them as they make their first item. The bigger base gives all the support that is needed to allow small handles to work safely.
So, what kind of machine should you look for?
You need to know what you will be doing. If it's for embroidery, then that will take you down one route, if it's general sewing, you'll make a different decision. The man that serviced my machine had good advice, the simpler they are the better, there is less to go wrong. If you're starting out, you want your basic stitches and some control over stitch length. Looking at price, consider what else comes with your machine. The extra feet and accessories for an extra £20 is well worth paying. Some of these will cost that to buy individually later.
In one of my Facebook groups, when asked for recommendations, Janome were given a good review. As they took New Home machines, they have the reputation for being reliable. I love my Toyota and there is one feature I wouldn't be without. Come back tomorrow and I'll talk about the pros and cons of my machine.
Recommendations for sewing machines in a previous blog post